Susan E Hawes, PhD

Professor and Director of Accountability Research
Department of Clinical Psychology

Director of Assessment Training and Contracts
Psychological Services Center

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Highest Degree

PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Other Degrees & Credentials

MEd, Counseling & Consulting Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education
MA, Germanic Languages & Literature, University of California
BA, German (summa cum laude), University of Massachusetts


Received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1990 and a master’s in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard School of Education in 1980. Prior to entering the field of psychology, Dr. Hawes engaged in graduate studies in German at the University of Freiburg, then at the University of California at Berkeley, where she was awarded a master’s degree in Germanic Languages and Literature. Dr. Hawes also serves as Assessment Coordinator and Testing Supervisor of the Antioch Psychological Services Center, she is responsible for managing its assessment training program and supervising the psychological and psychoeducational assessments performed by practicum trainees.

Dr. Hawes’s scholarship has been concerned with the question of how clinical psychologists can incorporate a commitment to social justice activism into their professional practices. Since 1998, she has been teaching on and exploring dialogical practices in the service of bridging differences of many kinds, including differences in values, beliefs, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and disability in her course, Dialogue and Difference. She was invited to contribute the chapter, Dialog across Differences, to Working for Peace: A Handbook of Practical Psychology, Second Edition (McNair, 2006).

In fall 2006, Dr. Hawes formed a research and praxis group, Psychology and Practices for a Better World, to collaborate with students. The group’s mission is to explore through dialogue, research and scholarship, writing and teaching, and community service and engagement how we might fashion our professional identities in ways that contribute to greater justice in the world. Dr. Hawes has also been exploring the potential development of international graduate training in South Africa focused on cross-cultural, participatory action services in impoverished communities. In summer of 2007 she led a five-week trip that included presenting to psychologists and students at the University of Stellenbosch, providing team-building consultation to an AIDS children’s hospice near Cape Town, followed by three weeks volunteering at an HIV/AIDS NGO for children in Johannesburg (Cotlands). During her most recent visit in 2008, Dr. Hawes began a collaborative project with Cotlands’ Outreach Program to provide community-based psychological and psychoeducational assessments, staff training, research, and program development for the 100+ HIV+ children and their caregivers in impoverished Johannesburg townships. The program will begin in 2009, and will include 2-3 slots for doctoral students to assist Dr. Hawes in her work and research there.

Dr. Hawes is licensed as a psychologist in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.